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Queer and trans embodiment in south asian cinema


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My beautiful Laundrette (1985) - based on a screenplay written by Hanif Kureishi, depicts an interracial relationship between two men. ‘Subversive’ gay scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11fuauRKFBk

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Flesh and Paper and Khush (1990s) by Pratibha Parmar

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Fire (1996) by Deepa Mehta: It was one of the first mainstream Bollywood films to explicitly show homosexual relations. After its 1998 release in India, certain groups staged several protests, setting off a flurry of public dialogue around issues such as homosexuality and freedom of speech.

Queer & trans South Asian representation in cinema


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Arekti Premer Golpo (2010) (English: Just Another Love Story) is a 2010 India drama film directed by Bengali filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly and stars Rituparno Ghosh. This film is the first film on homosexuality to be shot after the decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

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Amra ki Etoi Bhinno (Bangladesh, 2012): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4uFDUt RUTY Poshida, Hidden LGBT Pakistan (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1FhJM woUKw

Queer & trans representation in south asian cinema history


Margarita with a Straw Queerness meets disability in this moving Indian-American film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HERxprV6BxE Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDh7n6bte-c


Private Dick (D’ Lo-2017) Episode 2: “Buying Dick” Queer and Trans South Asian humor:


Queer Pakistan and Western Diaspora Pinkwashing and the Gay Muslim South Asian subject How Gay is Pakistan?

Romcom on Queer Muslim Pakistani sexuality: Signature Move by Fawzia Mirza

Still images from the films


Sexuality, Gender and Caste in Film: Queer/Trans super(s)hero animation:

Still image from film


What types of character representations in film help or hinder the conversations that are occurring on South Asian queerness and transgender issues?


What has your experiences been within your own communities in witnessing queer and trans issues in the arts and also in your artistic practices?


What can we do as a collective in NYC to challenge current conventions in south asian queer/trans representations?

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